Promised Land, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Dire Wolf, Me And Bobby McGee, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Deal, El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around
Phil & Ned*, Mississippi Half Step-> It Must Have Been The Roses, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Scarlet Begonias, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Jam-> The Other One Jam -> Space -> Jam -> Stella Blue-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues
August 5, 2020 Subject:
This China Rider is one of my favorites. Very, very well played.
Phil is on point on this night. I had to stop listening to it as one point just to breathe deep and thank the Lord for Phil!
This Truckin' is insane. I'm usually not a big fan of the song and when I saw the 31 minute run time, I was tempted to skip it. But this is one of the finest jams I've heard. Keeps moving and shifting. Did I mention Phil Lesh?!?!? Some real exploration and fun happening here.
The playing throughout this set is great. I even liked Promised Land which is usually just skipable filler 99% of the time for me but Jerry lights it up!
October 4, 2017 Subject:
The Definitive Scarlet Begonias
Aside from the usual '74 magic and the notoriety of this Philadelphia two-night run, the "Scarlet Begonias" here is absolutely amazing. I'm not sure why, but 8/4's performance seems to get all the glory, but the jam here is just so much more heady. Just listen to how Jerry, Bob, and Keith weave around each other and add distinctive little fills and changes in unison.
This is the best-sounding version.
January 25, 2016 Subject:
Messrs Lesh & Lagin impress with performance of improvised, electronic programmatic music
Seastones begins with a tranquil prelude, followed by much stillness. This matrix recording allows you to really feel the tension in the audience as Ned makes minor adjustments to the elements of his prepared electric piano whilst Phil ponders the wonders of his shoelaces for almost five minutes until Ned finally manages to coax a high-pitched squeal out of the over-elaborate instrument. Phil responds with a series of squelchy feedback swells until he slouches into a steadier series of resonant drones. Ned explores the gamelan-like possibilities of ring modulation and the two musicians quickly find a groove that settles the crowd into near-paralysis. a call-and response sequence of delicate music concréte ensues, with Phil probing the depths with almost trombone-like slithers. The calmness is interrupted by rhtymic clusters of spiky overdriven circuits that mellows quickly as we are led into a vivid quasi-aquatic arena of slippery-but-friendly anemones. An almost blinding buzzsaw beacon of a drone emerges from the shadow, and the crowd goes wild. the climax brings to mind a raucous confrontation between rival demons as viewed through a peephole in a toilet plunger. More than just a seastones sequence, this performance tells a story. It is somehow akin to a sonic libretto for an unwritten ballet. Very Stravinsky-esque, don't you agree? Great to have a standout Seastones in such a vivid matrix presentation!
August 6, 2015 Subject:
Really dig the second half of China Cat jamming into I Know You Rider. The band's sense of timing is pretty impeccable when they're "On". Must Have Been the Roses is another gem. Enjoy!
June 1, 2015 Subject:
January 29, 2015 Subject:
Just a quick thanks to Dave for this version. I can't imagine how much work goes into producing these matrices(?), but they're awesome. The AUD recording of this show isn't the best, even from an AUD-lover's perspective (the audience's excitement and arena acoustics [if any!] aren't captured very well). But the AUD+SBD matrix here does pump life into the SBD for the best recording we have of this show right now, IMHO. Thanks again!